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Has Richard Mille entered the third dimension?
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Has Richard Mille entered the third dimension?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016
By The FHH Journal editors
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Prepare for takeoff with the RM 50-02 ACJ Tourbillon Split Seconds Chronograph, a collaboration with Airbus Corporate Jets. Fasten your seatbelts…

Like the truly exceptional and luxurious corporate jets built to the exacting and personal desires of clients by Airbus Corporate Jets, this new timepiece makes use of advanced openworked design elements in the internal design of bridges and baseplate in grade 5 titanium, along with an extensive application of skeletonisation to every possible area, offering significant weight reduction. A number of parts within the movement have been coated with a distinctive, special aeronautical coating normally used to protect engine and chassis parts from corrosion and environmental conditions.

The end result is a visually breathtaking and dramatic view of the technical interior of the split-seconds chronograph movement which also has technical repercussions such as the elimination of the initial jump of the chronograph seconds hand during starting and stopping, with new split-seconds components also in titanium additionally lowering the chronograph’s energy consumption through the reduction of internal friction.

The very distinctive and novel case shape in Titanium-Aluminum alloy (TiAl) with a secondary ceramic bezel was developed to mirror the outlines of an ACJ’s typical window shape with a clearly visible, multi-layered hull structure surround. This Titanium-Aluminum is the same alloy as that used in the Airbus for its jet turbine blades, which must function safely under the convergence of high temperatures and high fields of pressure, thus requiring a very strong and highly stress resistant material. A premiere for the brand, this is also the first time the iconic Richard Mille screws around the outer edge of the bezel have been replaced by Torq set® screws with their distinctively shaped head slots, and a jet engine-inspired crown bearing an engraved, wave patterned Airbus logo.

The tourbillon RM 50-02 ACJ is a limited edition of 30 pieces, only available in Richard Mille boutiques.

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